Tuesday, June 24, 2014

75 Years of Batman @ Pavilion KL

Batman character made its first appearance in the comic book on May 1939 and this iconic character has been around for 75 years this year.

There is a exhibition at Pavilion KL somewhere in the middle of this month which commemorate the milestone which Batman has achieve all through the years.

At the main entrance, a Batman figure and the "Batpod" were on display. The Batpod is integrated to the Tumbler and served as an escape pod. It is armed with dual front mounted cannons, machine guns and grappling hooks.

The exhibition was held mainly at the main concourse of Pavilion KL with Visa as the main sponsor of the event.

The chronology of the character since its first inception until present day can be found on both side of the wall leading to the main concourse.

Batmobile Tumbler is the latest incarnation of Batmobile and it has some cool features. However, The Bat is clearly missing from the exhibition.

I remember I used to watch the Batman TV series when I was a kid. The TV series was started in 1966 with Adam West donning The Dark Knight suit. I reckon it is this TV series which got me interested in Batman when I was a child.

Since the 1980s until now, 4 actors had been chosen for the role of the Caped Crusader; Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney and Christian Bale. I believe Michael Keaton and Christian Bale portray the dark and grim character the best.

The cowl wore by George Clooney in the Batman and Robin movie.

Figures and vehicles from the The Dark Knight Trilogy which are pretty movie accurate.

The batmobile as appear in Batman and Batman Returns movie. This is as original as it can get when it comes to batmobile.

Other action figures on display consisting of Batman himself, Batman's allies and his most feared villains.

Ben Affleck will be the Batman in the upcoming Batman vs Superman movie. I suspect the batsuit design for the upcoming movie will be back to the original comic book design as to the dark armor we are used to see.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Ernest Zacharevic's Street Art @ KL

I never had a chance to get close and personal with the interactive street art of the famed artist Ernest Zacharevic until his most recent work in the heart of KL.

His latest work at Wisma Allianz in Jalan Gereja is a massive 21m x 25m mural spanning over 6 storey high of the building.

The mural is especially commissioned by Allianz General Insurance Company which attempts to reach out the rural community via its new catching phrase "kampungku".

In order to create this masterpiece, Ernest had made a visit to the rural area in Sarawak to have a better understanding of life in the village.

The mural depicts a typical serene kampung scene with a weary girl sitting in a sampan that pass through a house on stilts from which a woman stands watching her while a cat takes a nap at the stairs of the house.

The painting is a symbol to remind people of home and make them think about what home means to them and what it feels like to be away from it which I believe many of us can relate to.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Floria 2014

Floria 2014 is back again and will be around for a week from today until 22nd June 2014. This is my 4th consecutive visit to this annual event since 2010.

This year, the event has a new home at Precinct 4, between the Seri Saujana Bridge and the abandoned Putrajaya Monorail Bridge. Also it ain't free anymore as one will need to pay an entrance fee of RM 3 for adult and RM 1 for children unless one is daring enough to climb over the 1.5 m barricade around the perimeter of the site when the security personnel are not looking.

The entrance is eye catching with the colourful umbrellas which will be lighted up at night.

The flower exhibition involves the participation of 37 international landscape designers and florists. I snapped more than 100 shots here and I only manage to show a fraction of them here.

This year Floria reveals the concept of a Hanging Garden where the structure is mainly an empty container combined with timber and glass. The hanging structure is decorated with hanging flowers to provide the illusion of a hanging garden.

Most of the gardens here are made up of used or recyclable items and it is amazing how the designers are able to come out with something so beautiful with them.

There are a few wedding garden concept been set up here but the one that really caught my attention is the one by DBKL. Definitely one of the best and bring back good old memories of courtship as well as wedding day.

Floria 2014 is without a doubt a huge event and I need at least 2 hours to actually browse through everything it has to offer. Today, the King has consented to the Putrajaya Flower and Festival being given a royal status which means it was now on par with some similar flower festival, most notably the Royal Chelsea Flower Show.